Bon Jovi Are Totally Up, And It’s Without Hairspray’s Help

Singer Jon Bon Jovi says next album is their most upbeat yet.

LOS ANGELES — Bon Jovi want to give love a good name. The New Jersey rockers recently finished recording their ninth studio record, and singer Jon Bon Jovi calls it their most upbeat album ever.

“After these trying times in the States this last year, we’re trying to get back to some optimism, people accepting each other,” Bon Jovi said.

Telling of their optimism is the title of the first single, “Have a Nice Day,” which the band performed at the American Music Awards last month.

John Shanks, who has worked with Lindsay Lohan, Ashlee Simpson, Hilary Duff and Kelly Clarkson in recent months, produced the album.

“It’s a big rock record that I think is gonna surprise a lot of people,” Bon Jovi said. “It’s a very contemporary sound, a real rockin’ record.”

A title and release date have yet to be set, but fans should expect a spring release. “I’m really going to take my time with [the title], ’cause the songs are important enough to think of something,” Bon Jovi said.

In the meantime, the band just released the box set 100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong. “It’s 38 songs no one’s ever heard and 12 rarities that you have to be a diehard fan to know, so it’s 50 songs,” Bon Jovi boasted.

Compiling the material gave the band a chance to reflect on it career. “It’s incredible,” Bon Jovi said. “Who would’ve thought? Twenty years, 100 million albums, not in my wildest dreams.”